Galliano did brights, Lacroix stuck to darks, but with Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy it was a whole other caper. For his A/W '09 couture offering, Bedouin princess warriors semi-concealed in chiffon hoods and gold Middle Eastern jewellery added the much-appreciated dramatic element.

There were also tailored velvet jackets, sarouel-trousers, native embroidered gowns, and delicate sheer skirts that we have come to see touches of in nearly every collection. Madonna may have been absent, despite Tisci creating couture looks for her current Sticky & Sweet tour, but this mattered not to his medieval fashion feast. [Photos: Coutorture]

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